I came across a proverb the other day, certainly not by accident, written by Solomon, the wisest man who ever lived. He wrote it so that “A wise man will hear, and will increase learning.” He had the following to say about those who turn away from knowledge and insist instead on remaining ignorant:
How long, O naive ones, will you love being simple-minded?And scoffers delight themselves in scoffing, and fools hate knowledge?
…And you neglected all my counsel And did not want my reproof;
…When your dread comes like a storm And your calamity comes like a whirlwind, When distress and anguish come upon you.
[and here he quotes God]”Then they will call on me, but I will not answer; They will seek me diligently but they will not find me,
Because they hated knowledge And did not choose the fear of the LORD.
“They would not accept my counsel, They spurned all my reproof.
“So they shall eat of the fruit of their own way And be satiated with their own devices.
…And the complacency of fools will destroy them.
“But he who listens to me shall live securely And will be at ease from the dread of evil.”